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Jennifer North's Story of Gratitude

Reba NeckyWhen my daughter Molly was diagnosed with celiac disease, it was pretty hard to imagine how she would adjust to life without bread and pasta. As a vegetarian, gluten-containing foods were a staple. She was 16 at the time and we had never heard about celiac disease.

Only a few days after her diagnosis, we were lucky enough to be introduced to Reba Necky. Reba’s husband and daughter have celiac disease and Reba was kind enough to invite us into her home where we spent the day cooking, baking and sampling. She had spent countless hours perfecting recipes and she gave us hope that we wouldn’t have to compromise if only we could muster the patience and discipline to be creative.

Thanks to Reba, Molly became interested in the kitchen in a whole new way. And I was able to immediately recognize how my approach as a parent would influence Molly’s relationship to the gluten-free diet.

- Jennifer North
Vice President, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)


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